York Region is strategically located in the Greater Toronto Area; North America’s 3rd largest life sciences cluster by sector employment (40,000 employees : 1,300 companies). The Region is home to 300 Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology firms including global industries leaders such as Teva, Johnson & Johnson, Apotex, Smiths, Drager, PerkinElmer, Alexion, Abbott, Olympus Medical, Nightingale Informatix, and Cerner Canada.

Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology York Region

Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology in the Greater Toronto Area

  • York Region is home to Ontario’s largest Local Health Network (LHIN) serving 1.8 million residents
  • Healthcare-IT convergence: York Region is home to Canada’s 2nd largest Information & Communications Technology (ICT) cluster including leading Healthcare IT firms such as IBM, Nightingale Informatix, and Cerner Canada
  • 25 of top 50 global pharma firms and 16 of top 25 global medical device firms have Canadian Headquarters in the Toronto area
  • Concentrated and diverse patient base; area population 6.1M (45% foreign-born), 5th largest metro area in U.S./Canada
  • 60 vicinity hospitals including 12 research and 9 teaching hospitals
  • 6 area medical schools and over 50 academic programs related to medical devices and biomedical engineering

Major Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology Companies With Operations in York Region

HealthTech Commercialization in York Region is Extensive and Fast Growing

  • Extensive local healthcare ecosystem: 3 local hospitals (4th underway), 700 physician offices, 70 labs, 220 pharmacies, 30 long-term care facilities, and over 400 other specialist out-patient and paramedical practitioners
  • Ideal startup location for SME’s
  • Hospitals-industry collaboration framework focused on community care
  • Specific opportunities exist in chronic disease management, health informatics & analytics, health systems and process re-engineering, imaging, mobile applications, remote monitoring, non-invasive medical devices

VentureLAB Regional Innovation Centre

  • Home to ventureLAB Innovation Centre: One-stop-shop start-up/commercialization support for entrepreneurs
  • Part of Province of Ontario’s Network of Entrepreneurs  (ONE), designed to help commercialize ideas
  • Healthcare-ICT technology convergence centre

Academic Research & Innovation

  • York University: Canada’s 3rd largest university; leading interdisciplinary research and teaching institution
  • Seneca College: Canada’s largest college; leader in applied research and education

York Region Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology News

Newmarket Headquartered Animal Tracking Device Firm, Lotek, Makes Wildlife Conservation High Tech

In a complimentary way, Aurora’s Jim Lotimer is a modern day Doctor Dolittle. While the beloved children’s book Dolittle character ...
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A Green Urban Design for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct

Architectural designs of the new Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct were showcased at the Toronto of the Future exhibition on June 1 to ...
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Mackenzie Health, BlackBerry Partnership Shows IoHT Still in Early Phase

Yesterday at the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, just north of Toronto, Mackenzie Health announced Phase Two of its Innovation Unit ...
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